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Career & Technical Education Update                                                  July-August 2023

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Dr. Charlene Williams

ODE Welcomes New Director

In July, Governor Tina Kotek welcomed Dr. Charlene Williams as the next Director of the Oregon Department of Education and Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction. Dr. Williams is serving as interim director until confirmation by the Oregon Senate in September.

Dr. Williams brings 30 years of experience as a teacher and public school administrator in districts of all sizes in the Pacific Northwest. Her work has involved supporting teachers and administrators, leading efforts to improve graduation rates, and promoting access, equity, and social justice for students.

"I have dedicated my life to education because I've seen firsthand how a positive student-teacher relationship can set a child on a successful path for the rest of their life," Dr. Williams said. "First and foremost, my goal will be to support students in every corner of the state so that they have the same chance to succeed."

Read more about Dr. Williams

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Your Place in Space Challenge Seeks New Solutions for Space


CTE Momentum--an annual challenge series of the U.S. Department of Education--helps prepare high school students for rewarding careers and increases their access to Career and Technical Education (CTE). This year's challenge--Your Place in Space--invites entries that demonstrate a product or service that will contribute to space missions and exploration.

Submissions close on October 30, 2023.

Read more about Your Place in Space

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Oregon Charter Academy Becomes State's First Online School to Join FFA

Oregon Charter Academy officially joined FFA in a signing ceremony held earlier this summer, becoming the first online school in the state to partner with the FFA organization.

Read more about OCA and FFA

Klamath Union Students Compete at DECA International Event

KU DECA Team Spring 2023

Klamath Union (KU) DECA took 17 members to Orlando, Florida, this spring for the International DECA competition. The KU DECA team competed in 10 events, placing in four.

"Placing students in four events is a challenge," said Nat Ellis, KU DECA advisor. "I believe this is a testament to the amount of preparation our team dedicated before leaving for Orlando."

The KU DECA team competed in events including Project Management Selling Project, School-Based Enterprise, Travel and Tourism Team Decision, and Thrive Leadership Academy.

"I am proud of how KU DECA competed this year," said Ellis. "The strength of KU DECA is the tight-knit bond between the members. Each year I enjoy watching the team come together to support each other."

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Coming Soon: 2023-2025 CTE Revitalization Grant


Please stay tuned to future editions of CTE Update for details on the 2023-2025 CTE Revitalization Grant.

Also, please visit our CTE Revitalization Grant web page and join the CTE Revit listserv.


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